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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Starcatchers by Lita Cabellut


L
ife is unpredictable, sometimes demanding. The strength needed to overcome the challenges posed by life lies within us. This fundamental truth played a crucial role in the lives of Cabellut’s subjects: people who had nothing to loose and went ahead to simply transform dust into absolute beauty; people who managed to turn their lives into a work of art and are the living proof that everybody has the chance to seize an opportunity…to be a Starcatcher…

It would be difficult indeed to imagine any other artist with such access to the emotional life of Coco Chanel, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich or Janis Joplin than Lita Cabellut, who is undoubtedly a woman who knows that the opportunities to find deeper powers within oneself often come when life seems challenging.

Cabellut, who experienced loss, homelessness, orphanage, loneliness and darkness during her childhood, presents in her new exhibition personalities who managed to transform pain into aesthetic pleasure in the same way Lita communicates her pain onto her canvases. What makes Starcatchers such a substantial series, so rich, so impressive psychologically is the common ground that these personalities share with the artist’s insight and life experiences.

Cabellut’s portrait paintings are exhibited all around the world, in cities such as New York, Dubai, Miami, Singapore, Hong Kong, Barcelona, London, Paris, Monaco, Seoul, among many other places. Opera Gallery is delighted to invite you to view this inspiring collection of paintings that celebrates Lita Cabellut’s capacity to dig deep inside the human side of the world, into the inner soul of man, thanks to her unique pictorial language.

 

Starcatchers by Lita Cabellut at Opera Gallery Seoul: from May 14 to June 22, 2014

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Chaos by Rancinan


It is our great pleasure to host for the second time in Hong Kong award winning French photographer Gérard Rancinan showcasing his latest series titled “Chaos”.

Rancinan’s post-developed practice of staged photography references history, popular culture and Western art, as a critical and sometimes satirical commentary on social and political issues. By juxtaposing classical archetypes with popimagery, he blurs the fine line between high and low art.

Featuring 20 visually seductive and epically proactive original photographs, the works tell a dramatized narrative of humanity’s battle between social order and chaos, inevitably falling into the fate of civil and moral degeneration. The visual display of the exhibition moves between populated scenes of barbaric disorder to desolated scenes of its aftermath. Influenced by major world movements of globalization, religion, politics and the growing domination of the Internet, Rancinan gives a critical take through the eye of his lens.

Highlights from the exhibition include:
Press Power - describing the force possessed by modern media as a lethal weapon that can destroy person’s life with the power of the printed word. In reference to the renowned phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words”, the work transmits the notion of the overwhelming role media plays in modern life.
My Life on the Web - the centre installation in the gallery, is situated inside an enclosed panel and can be viewed only through a peephole. As an interactive experience, audiences’ curiosity inevitably overcomes and they look through the hole to find an illuminated scene of eroticism. The minute long peeping implicates the viewer by inviting his passive participation into events of moral corruption.
The Feast of the Barbarians - a monumental spectacle of social misfits and taboos with ironic reference to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Depicting chaotic scenes of subversion and anarchy, the work also trigger fears of loss of control.
Showcasing Rancinan’s mises en scène photography is the overtly violent Riots, a contemporary portrait of the American Revolution ridden with violence and gang wars, where the ashened city of New York is overruled by corruption.

This exhibition will also host selected artworks from the photographer’s recent series ‘’A Small Man in a Big World’’, on which the artist offers us his vision of Mankind. The Man of today is overwhelmed by the world of media, virtual intelligence and moral censorship he has created. Rancinan plays with our relationship to society in very uncluttered and engaged photographs.

Internationally renowned, Gérard Rancinan’s work is exhibited in prestigious museums throughout the world including Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Danubiana Museum in Slovakia and Triennale of Milan in Italy. This year for the first time he will showcase a major solo exhibition in the Himalayas Art Museum in Shanghai, China.

 

Chaos by Rancinan at Opera Gallery Hong Kong: from May 13 to May 31, 2014

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Friday, 25 April 2014

Celebrating Opera Gallery Singapore 20th Anniversary

 

2014 marks a tremendously important milestone in the history of Opera Gallery, as we are celebrating our 20th anniversary. Since our debut in Asia in 1994, we have received humbling successes thanks to the artists that we have worked alongside. Not to mention, the overwhelming support from our exquisite collectors and art lovers worldwide, who have helped us to be establish as a leading gallery in the world. 

Inaugurated in 1994 after a positive response to the company’s involvement in the Tresors Art Fair held in Singapore in 1993, we have since launched some of the most successful world-class exhibitions, starting with a Chagall solo in 2000 that has been followed by thirteen other annual Masters Exhibitions, that now takes place in conjunction with the Formula 1 night race. In the recent years we have extended our reach by participating in internationally renowned art fairs.

This journey has been nothing short of brilliant - we have flourished and bloomed as we carved our mark into the international art market by providing well-distinguished and quality artworks. In order to thank and acknowledge our supporters over the past 20 years, Opera Gallery has specially selected 20 Masterpieces, 20 Contemporary artworks and 20 Master Prints to celebrate some of our much loved artists. It is our great pleasure to present prized museum-quality works from the great masters of the past century, the latest up-and-coming artists, as well as a vast array of greatly coveted contemporary pieces.

All in all, the artworks presented for ‘Opera Gallery 20th Anniversary’ will commemorate the toils, sweat, joys, and accomplishments Opera Gallery Singapore and the group have experienced throughout its journey to becoming one of the best international galleries. Here’s to another 20 years of celebrating and spreading the love for art in Asia and beyond. 

 

Opera Gallery 20th Anniversary at Opera Gallery Singapore: from April 25 to May 11, 2014

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Greater Middle East Unveiled

Opera Gallery Dubai is delighted to present The Greater Middle East Unveiled collection, showcasing some of the Middle East’s most sought-after modern and contemporary works.

Artists from Cairo to Tehran, Baghdad to Damascus, and Jerusalem to Istanbul, unveil their work here on a wide spectrum of media. From the traditional oil on canvas, to car paint on cardboard and including unique sculptural and photographic works, this collection truly embraces the contemporary art movement.In recent years, there has been a growing interest in Modern and Contemporary art in the Middle East, since the region’s vibrant and ecclectic scene started influencing a new generation of creative artists.

The Greater Middle East Unveiled will feature: Sabhan Adam, Yousef Ahmad, Masoud Akhavanjam, Yasmina Alaoui & Marco Guerra, Arzu Akgun, Samira Alikhanzadeh, Pooya Aryanpour, Mohamed El Baz, Mahi Binebine, Vahid Danaiefar, Morteza Darehbaghi, Reza Derakshani, Mohammad Ehsai, Ali Esmaeilipour, Alireza Fani, Hossein Fassih, Golnaz Fathi, Paul Guiragossian, Khalid Al Hamad, Khosrow Hassanzadeh, Halim Al-Karim, Mohammad Khodashenas, Ahmad Mohammadpour, Fateh Moudarres, Medhi Nadavi, Zakaria Ramhani, Baseem Rayyes, Pooya Razi, Aram Chaled Res, Loai Salahedeen, Rasool Soltani, Youssef Nabil, Ahmet Nejat, Parviz Tanavoli and Aneh Mohammad Tatari.

Opera Gallery Dubai welcomes you to this compelling exhibition that provides rare and extensive insight into the Greater Middle East’s Modern and Contemporary art scene.

 

The Greater Middle East Unveiled at Opera Gallery Dubai: from April 22 to May 6, 2014

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Mauro Corda & Gérard Alary

Opera Gallery is proud to present a joint exhibition of contemporary virtuoso sculptor Mauro CORDA & dark expressionist painter Gérard ALARY in London for the first time.

Born in France in 1960, Mauro Corda comes from a family of stonecutters with Italian origins. From an early age, he expressed interest in sculpture and he entered Reims’ École des Beaux-Arts aged 15, before pursuing his education at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Later, Corda was sent to the Villa Velázquez in Madrid; a rewarding experience that led him to exhibit in Paris and gain international recognition through exhibitions in Hong Kong, Chicago, Venice and Bologna. Mauro Corda renders homage to the greatest sculptors of history with his technique - a technique to which he instils movement and modernity by questioning his life-size pieces about identity and the limits of the human body. His ease with matter allows him to use various materials, such as bronze, aluminium, iron, marble and stainless steel. Corda’s sculptures push boundaries and overthrow our certainties as they question the fragility of existence. Claiming that a piece that has no soul will have no shape, Corda’s sculpture is a poetical expression creating an invisible world and giving shape to mystery. A true virtuoso, Corda inspires great humanity within his sculptures in order to convey his emotions and fears through the cold material.

Gérard Alary is a painter born in 1945 in Avignon, France. A graduate from the École des Beaux- Arts in Paris, his first solo exhibition took place in Dijon and was a great success. In 1995, he put his career on hold to become a professor at Dijon’s École des Beaux-Arts and it is not until 2005 that he returned to painting for an exhibition at the Centre d’Art Contemporain of La Seyne-sur-Mer. Several exhibitions followed, always in strongly spiritual and symbolical sites, such as the Vieille Charité Museum in Marseilles in 2007. The noteworthy exhibitions approach personal themes thanks to which Alary renews contact with the joys of painting, depicting the human body and the individual in powerful expressionism that oscillates between “figuration and nonrepresentation” as per the artist’s own words. Dark and thick matter emerges from Alary’s Vanitas, in which he depicts the bone rather than the flesh and death rather than life, highlighting the violence of the artist’s fears and distress. In the chaos telling us of the end of our human condition and the erasure of our lives since birth, we face a brutality that would drag one down to hell inside
the deepest of the artist’s turmoil. Gérard Alary’s works are presented in multiple museums, art centres and public collections in France and abroad.

Mauro Corda & Gérard Alary at Opera Gallery London from April 9th to 22nd, 2014

Friday, 28 March 2014

André Brasilier

“To convey an intense emotion, one must be madly in love...”, says André Brasilier. His work is without a doubt the work of a man in love: in love with Life, in love with Nature and its beauty, in love with Love.

Born in Saumur, France, in 1929, he won the Premier Grand Prix of Rome for painting when he was only 23. For over 60 years, this artist has been producing artworks that are timeless and beyond fashion trends drawing upon sensitivity, emotion and imagination with a romantic perception of the world. One can sense a fauvist influence but he describes himself as a “transfigurative painter”. He explains: “By transfiguring the world I want to create works which will encourage people to see things and dream.” Through his paintings, he communicates his wonderment at the world using a whole set of colours, an infinite range of intense blues, pinks, greens and yellows. His three favourite themes are his wife, Chantal, his muse, beautiful, contemplative, mysterious and melancholic at times; horses, free and powerful animals which incarnate wild beauty; and finally music, an invitation to dreams and poetry.

André Brasilier is the author of numerous tapestries, ceramics, book illustrations and theatre sets but he is mainly a painter. He has had exhibitions all over the world (Paris, New York, Tokyo, Vancouver, London, etc.) and has had a major retrospective at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg in 2005. His work is part of prestigious public and private art collections. It is with great pleasure that we have selected over thirty paintings by this great artist for the Geneva public.

Eugène Delacroix stated: “The first virtue of a painting is that it be a feast for the eyes” - André Brasilier obviously took ownership of this quote....

 

André Brasilier at Opera Gallery Geneva: from March 28 to April 10, 2014

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Rancinan XXL

An exhibition of monumental photography

Opera Gallery London is proud to present Gérard RANCINAN’s monumental art photography in London.
The exhibition XXL consists of five monumental photographs, from the Trilogy of the Moderns series. All photographs are unique pieces, numbered 1/1.

The photographs presented are all fine art argentic prints on great scale: from 2.80 meters up to 4.70 meters! The very specific printing process is possible only in a single photo-lab located in Düsseldorf, Germany. The scale and format, unique in the world, make these photographs treasured artworks for the collector.

For XXL, Rancinan chose to exhibition five of these breath-taking monumental photographs together for the first time ever: at Opera Gallery London, in the heart of London’s arty neighbourhood Mayfair. This exhibition is therefore a rare opportunity for the photography collector and lover.

These photographs have travelled the world. Indeed, before being brought together at Opera Gallery London, they were exhibition in museums all over the globe: the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, France; the Triennale Museum in Milan, Italy; the Danubiana Contemporary Art Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia; the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, France; etc. After London, their next destination will be the Himalayas Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai, China and the Oscar Niemeyer Museum in Curitiba, Brazil.

From "The Raft of illusions" to "The Feast of The Barbarians", each photograph is a masterpiece reflecting our times: acclaimed photographer Gérard Rancinan is an observer of his contemporaries, bearing first-hand witness to events in our society.

 

Gérard RANCINAN
Born in the Bordeaux region, Gérard Rancinan travels the globe, bearing first hand witness to events of historical importance. Natural catastrophes, civil and ethnic wars, and urban riots… he comes face to face with the complexity of the human condition and the random events by which it is fashioned. His imperious need for self-expression leads him to focus on the world’s most important issues, he delivers startling images filtered through an ever-evolving aesthetic prism.
Constantly breaking down barriers, he is, by turn, an investigator deconstructing the great sagas of contemporary life, and a portraitist. His photographs of athletes, artists, ecclesiastics and politicians have become iconic. His images have earned him a number of prizes, including four prestigious World Press Awards.
Following his domain of predilection, in the “Trilogy of the Moderns” he becomes the wakeful observer of his contemporaries. This marginal perspective involves real mises en scène, veritable simulacra of the world in which we live.
Internationally renowned, Gérard Rancinan’s work is exhibited in the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums and features in the most important contemporary art collections. During a recent Etude Million auction at Drouot (2008), Gérard Rancinan became one of the highest ranked photographers in France. In 2012, one his photographs was hammered for a total price eight times above the estimation at a Philips de Pury & Company Photographs auction; breaking the world auction record for a living French photographer.
Gérard Rancinan is an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

 

Rancinan XXL at Opera Gallery London from 18th March - 3rd April, 2014

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The Great American Icons

Opera Gallery Seoul is delighted to present “The Great American Icons“ featuring Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the forerunners of American pop art together with a group of contemporary artists - SEEN, Gérard Rancinan, Ron English, David Mach, Joe Black, Lee Dong-Uk, Romero Britto, Patrick Rubinstein, Mr. Brainwash, Willy Rizzo, Paul Alexis, Xiao Bai, André Monet, Daniel Angeli, Xue Song, Xiong Qin, KAN, Omar Ronda, Charles Jang who adopt the images of American pop icons into their artwork.

In the 60’s, Andy Warhol printed out his silkscreen works adopting images of Marilyn Monroe, the iconic figure of Hollywood and Campbell’s soup cans, a symbol of mass production. Roy Lichtenstein directly reflects the popular culture of 60’s to art by faithfully reproducing comic strips. Thereafter, the icons familiar to the public such as Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, superheroes, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola can still be found in the art of many influential contemporary artists including SEEN, Gérard Rancinan, Patrick Rubinstein, Ron English, Joe Black, David Mach and Lee Dong-Uk, over half a century.

“The Great American Icons” highlights the way in which the 60s’ pop icons of capitalism and mass production are still the timeless artistic inspiration of 21st Century contemporary artists equally from the East and the W est throughout the history.

 

The Great American Icons at Opera Gallery Seoul from March 13th to April 5th, 2014

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Visions of abstraction

Opera Gallery Dubai is proud to bring to you artworks by some of the greatest artists who have made history in the 19th Century and by the inheritors of the breakthrough movement they initiated, including Joan Miró, Jean Dubuffet, Sam Francis, Hans Hartung, Yayoi Kusama, André Lanskoy, Georges Mathieu, Victor Vasarely, Damien Hirst and Marcello Lo Giudice.

The abstract art movement has used a visual language of forms, colours and lines to create compositions independently from the world’s visual references. In doing so, the abstract artists have chosen to interpret a subject without providing their viewer with a known or recognisable reference to explain it; therefore contrasting dramatically with the more traditional forms of art that, until then, had tried to achieve a rather literal interpretation of the world and communicate a sense of reality to the viewer. Freeing themselves from the obligation to depict the subject as it appears, the abstract artists take us into a new artistic territory and they make possible the representation of intangible emotions, such as beliefs, fears or passions.

Visions of Abstraction’ will unveil a carefully curated collection of some of the major artists that have redefined abstract art as well as illustrate the different styles of abstraction that coexist in today’s global art world. Among others that we invite you to discover, we are proud to feature Joan Miró - whose revolutionary art ranges from automatic drawing and surrealism, to expressionism, lyrical abstraction, and colour field painting; David Mach and his contemporary homage to Jackson Pollock’s 1960s’ abstract expressionism; Katrin Fridriks' conceptual abstract painting; and Yayoi Kusama’s repetitive pop art.

Visions of Abstraction at Opera Gallery Dubai from March 12th to 25th

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Urban Renewal

Seo Young-Deok, Olivier Dassault, Nick Gentry, Yves Krief

This spring, Opera Gallery is proud to present Urban Renewal, a social commentary on the evolution of urban culture. Inspired by global initiatives to ‘Recycle, Renew, and Reinvest’ in the city, the contemporary group exhibition showcases four international new media artists: Seo Young-Deok, Nick Gentry, Yves Krief and Olivier Dassault. The presented mixed media works integrate technology in art as well as cleverly re-use discarded objects such as industrial chains and floppy disks, all breathing ‘life’ again into the original foundations of urban progress. 

The young South Korean artist Seo Young-Deok has captivated international audiences for producing life-size, hyper-realistic sculptures of human figures made only with welded chains taken from bicycles and industrial machinery. Inspired by the urban lifestyle he experienced as an adult - contrasting drastically with his rural upbringing -, Seo explores the relationship between humans and their environment through the creative repurposing of iron chains – a material which has played a critical role in the development of the modern world. Seo Young-Deok was born in 1983, South Korea, graduating from the environmental sculpture department of the University of Seoul in 2008. He lives and works in South Korea.

British artist Nick Gentry re-uses obsolete media such as floppy disks and film negatives to canvas iconic mixed media portraits of the ‘Urbanite’. The result is an archaeological display of digital history, memorializing the brief yet crucial roles they played in modern technology. Gentry’s works tell the personal stories of people and their dependency on computerised storage to hold every detail of their life - from personal information to intimate photos. As technology continues to advance, Gentry traces the effects of these changes as well as he reflects on its future. Nick Gentry was born in London, UK, in 1980 and graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in the UK. He currently lives and works in London.

Born in 1959 in France, French artist Yves Krief creates vivid photomontages of fantastical urban landscapes. Using real photographs of global metropolises, Krief hybridises these cityscapes to paint an ominous future following the effects of globalism. In his featured series “One Hundred Titles”, each piece tells a different story about the changing cultures of the city, open to interpretations with a myriad of details. Yves Krief first made a name for himself at the Salon des Indépendants and has received critical acclaim from international exhibitions and art fairs.

French photographer Olivier Dassault, born in 1951 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France, works exclusively with the same film cameras he has used for 30 years to create pristine geometric compositions that envision an organised aesthetic of future urban architecture. Dassault’s visionary photographs execute unusual multiple exposure shots that intersect effects of light on buildings to create an organised labyrinth of illusions as if guided by the laws of physics. An accomplished pilot with world records in airspeed, Dassault also holds advanced degrees in mathematics and engineering, following a venerable family lineage of pioneers in aviation and politics. His visionary photographs champion technology for modern development, and have been featured in prominent photography publications as well as exhibited in prestigious European galleries and fairs.

Motivated by humanity’s responsibility to rehabilitate the objects and environments of our creation, the four artists presented in Urban Renewal seek to inspire urban progress for future generations.

 

Urban Renewal at Opera Gallery Hong Kong from March 6th to 20th, 2014

 

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